Trying to clinch the NFC North championship, the Chicago Bears had plenty of reason to be motivated this week to beat the Detroit Lions. Then receiver Nate Burleson guaranteed a Lions victory against the Bears Sunday at Ford Field.
“They can take it as bulletin material if they want, but we play to win the game,” Burleson said. “I’m not going to tell you that I hope we win or we’re going to lose in a close battle.”
Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs said his team will be fired up, adding, “We’ve got it pinned up everywhere in our meeting rooms.”
Jets safety Jim Leonhard, who calls the defensive signals in the secondary, has a broken right leg that required surgery Friday, hours after he was injured in a collision at practice. ... The Carolina Panthers placed backup quarterback Tony Pike on injured reserve with a sore throwing shoulder and promoted Keith Null from the practice squad. Null could be Jimmy Clausen’s backup Sunday against the Seahawks. ... Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right foot) was restricted in practice for the third straight day and is questionable for Sunday’s game in Baltimore. ... Texans safety Bernard Pollard was fined $40,000 for unnecessary roughness against the Titans on Sunday. ... Redskins safety LaRon Landry (Achilles’) will miss his third straight game, and cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstrings) also will sit out Sunday’s Giants game. ... Agent Gary Wichard was suspended by the NFL Players Association for nine months for his role in a recruiting scandal.